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A lightweight bout between veteran Aaron Riley and UFC sophomore Joe Brammer is in the works for the un-aired preliminary portion of the UFC 114 card in May. News of the bout was first reported by MMAjunkie.com, which reports that both fighters have verbally agreed to the bout.
Though not officially announced, UFC 114 is expected to take place on May 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will likely be headlined by a light-heavyweight bout between former UFC 205-pound champions and bitter rivals, Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
Riley (28-12-1) is 1-2 in his last three bouts, most recently suffering a second-round TKO (Doctor Stoppage) loss against TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson at UFC 105 in November. He holds a sub-par 2-4 record with the UFC, picking up Octagon wins over Shane Nelson and Jorge Gurgel; while suffering other UFC losses to the aforementioned Nelson, Robbie Lawler and Spencer Fisher.
The well-traveled Riley has fought all over the world, throughout his 12-year career, for other notable promotions such as HOOKnSHOOT, Rage in the Cage, IFL, Shooto, Pride, Bodog Fight and Ultimate Warrior Challenge. He holds notable career wins over the likes of Steve Claveau, Steve Berger, Alexandre Barros and Michihiro Omigawa.
Brammer (7-1-1) suffered his first career loss in his last fight, losing to submission wizard Mark Bocek in his UFC debut at December's TUF 10 finale. Prior to the loss, he had gone unbeaten in the first eight bouts of his career.
Brammer has fought the majority of his four-year career for two promotions, Midwest Cage Championship and Glory Fighting Championships, fighting four of his 9 career fights with the latter promotion. He has scored stoppages in six of his seven career wins, including five by submission, and holds a notable career win over veteran Chris Mickle.